Planning Committee

All planning applications within the National Park are determined by the Park Authority (unless they are called in by the Secretary of State) and applications are dealt with at our offices in Dulverton.  Planning laws are there to ensure both rural prosperity and the protection and enhancement of the special character of Exmoor.  If you need advice about planning in the National Park, please contact one of our planning officers.

Terms of Reference of the Planning Committee:

The Committee shall comprise all members of the National Park Authority (excepting any Member who elects not to sit on the Committe and save that no member appointed to the Authority for the first time shall take up his seat until he has undergone a programme of training in the planning system approved by the Authority).  All members of Planning Committees are required to attend refresher training annually.


The Committee shall exercise the Authority's functions as follows:

1.    as sole local planning authority for the area of the Park under Section 67 of the Environment Act 1995 in relation to planning control, development planning, including work arising from preparation of local development frameworks, strategic planning, regional spatial strategies and responding to consultations on planning policy statements, formal consultations on planning matters and changes to the legislative framework of the planning system

2.    the Authority's delegated and other functions in relation to footpaths and bridleways under the Town and Country Planning Acts, the Highways Acts, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000 and other legislation conferring order-making functions on the Authority.

3.    as hazardous substances authority under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990.

4.    to delegate to the Chief Executive such of the Committee's functions as it considers desirable and expedient and to keep such delegation under review.